Exactly my point... One cannot inherit the house unless he has been named as part of the will... One cannot love unless God opens their eyes to His love for them... You probably meant it in the general and I point out that it is to the specific individual. God Loves Jesus, and Jesus Loves the Father... and through that love - they love all that the Father has given Jesus.... and then He uses all the believers to witness and love those who are not believers, even if it requires their lives. Thus the day you believed is the day 'you received inside you the love of God, His personal love. Before that it was an open offer from God --- and until you 'accepted' or better, believed, does it become actionable.
Originally Posted by Slug1
John 17:13 But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
20 I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me
Clearly Jesus is declaring that He along with the Disciples are not of the world, for they like Jesus are hated for the cause of Jesus, yet are given the task to love .
John 17:6 I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; 8 for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me. 9 I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; 10 and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them
God's love for the world is through the testimony of those who believe SO IN order to bring them to repentance and faith as well... Thus this is why we preach the Gospel, why Paul and Barnabas and James, and Peter, and John preached the Gospel... Why they wrote that we are to love our brothers and our enemies, for we are His vessel towards that Love... We have Jesus' love residing inside us - being 1st hand, offering that love to the lost then as 2nd hand, and when the gospel is preached and they respond, then they also receive God's 1st hand love. Quite clear that Jesus came to the world and is not of the world as so we too are in the world but not of the world. So the process in simple terms; hear the gospel, Repent and Believe, now grow in love for all and share the gospel to the next person who when he hears it, believes and they now share the gospel. This is the Gospel at work.
Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love
1 Timothy 1:14 and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus
So let me try explaining this in another way.
- The invitation to the Love of God through Jesus Christ His Son is global, universal, and open to all who hear the gospel.
- Those who then believe are indwelt with God’s Spirit and His love manifests itself through us.
- We, those who believe -- are then instructed to love the Lord and to love all men as a testimony of God in Jesus Christ.
John 3:16A shows the universal offer; 16B is the conditional application/acceptance. A is open to all; B is conditional through faith. God's love is given to all who believe and becomes real to the believer... this is God's Love indwelling a believer and is His 1st hand love in faith.
Thus if God loves everyone the same, then His love resided within every man thru faith... and by His covenantal promise, will never leave nor forsake them. Thus if God’s love is without condition, then His promise doesn’t require His Son as the vessel to express this love. So let’s not confuse the offer of His love with having possession of this love… for the offer of His love is to all men everywhere, and the love of His people reaching all peoples when the Christian is submissive and obedient to the Love of Christ within them, but receiving that love of God in Jesus Christ is the key for anyone who believes only.
I'm trying to show the variance between the offer and the delivery and to make distinction that they are not the same.... for you have to be named on the will to inherit the house. But the good news is all one has to do is repent and believe to receive, and become children of God.
Praise God, yes?